New Delhi, Jan 19 (Agencies): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday asked BJP not to "precipitate the situation in the Valley by going ahead with its 'Ekta Yatra' to hoist tri-colour at Srinagar's Lal Chowk on Republic Day.

Omar, who met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister P Chidambaram to apprise them of the situation in the state, said he would be in close touch with the Home Ministry on how to deal with any situation arising out of the BJP programme.

Disregarding Omar's appeal, the BJP has vowed to go ahead with its Ekta Yatra from Kolkata that will culminate in Srinagar on January 26 with hoisting of the tricolour in Lal Chowk.

"I am not going into get into any specific as to what we are going to do. As I said time and again, we are hoping that nothing will be done to precipitate the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. As we come close to January 26, we will decide what we will do," he told reporters after a 40-minute meeting with Chidambaram.

Asked about his Government's stand on the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Omar said "it is not a mere political cry for my government. It is a reflection of the sentiments of people who want to get rid of the laws that were imposed two decades back when the situation was abnormal".

Favouring amendments AFSPA or its removal from some areas of the state, Omar said "as the semblance of normalcy was visible on the ground.

"We have already starting reducing the number of boots on the ground. Dismantling of some bunkers from city and adjoining areas was the first step in the process and we hope to continue until we reach a level where the visible presence is greatly reduced at least.

"No right thinking person can turn around and tell you that the AFSPA should be revoked in one shot. It is in those areas that we are contemplating withdrawing the disturbed areas act which will then automatically mean that the AFSPA does not apply there," he said.

Omar said he had set up a small committee -- one from Jammu and one for Srinagar -- with Police Chief, state Home Secretary and two security advisers -- the Corps Commander in Srinagar for the Kashmir committee and the Corps Commander in Nagrota for the Jammu  committee.

Now that the new security advisors have settled down, he said, he would ask the state Home Secretary to convene a meeting immediately.

He later met the Congress President and apprised her about the political situation in the state and matters related to coalition.

Congress is the second largest party with 17 MLAs after National Conference which has 28 MLAs in the 87-member Assembly.